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Comment: Direct connect the modems (Score 1) 452

by JoeCommodore (#49144323) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

Did it all the time; going from memory...

I go for the dead simple, zip up all the files from the source

Run a phone wire between the computerers, with the terminal call one from one (IIRC you have to disable dialtone check use ATX3 then ATD555)

and on the other manual answer (ATA)

you migh have to do half duplex (local echo) on the terminals IIR this was the quickest route for no fuss local communication

once connected use the upload/download options on the terminals to start the file trnasfer

then look on it in a few hours, it will just churn away till it's finished.

It may be slow but it will complete as expected, and there is no special hardware, program or data cost.

look at the bottom of this article on my machine to machine notes -
http://www.portcommodore.com/d...

Comment: Developer, not email security expert (Score 1) 809

by JoeCommodore (#49048503) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

"Suppose you wanted to send me a file with very sensitive information, how would you encrypt it in such a way that I would decrypt it?"

Sounds like something you should be dictating to them not asking them for thier opinion. Unless the developer has actually needed to use use things like PGP etc, he probably has never thought of it.

I think a better question is, We will be transmitting confidential/sensitive information, which means you will use PGP(whatever) are you ok with that? etc.

Cloud

Ask Slashdot: With Whom Do You Entrust Your Long Term Data? 178

Posted by Soulskill
from the in-cloud-we-trust dept.
jppiiroinen writes: F-Secure, a company based in Finland, has sold its cloud storage business to a U.S. company (Synchronoss Technologies, Inc) speculated to have ties to the NSA. In previous, public announcements, they used arguments equivalent to, "trust us, your data will be safe." Now, it's likely F-Secure simply realized that competing against the big players, such as Google and Dropbox, didn't make much sense.

But it makes me wonder: Whom do you trust with your data? And who really owns it? What about in 3-6 years from now? How should I make sure that I retain access to today's data 20 years from now? Is storing things locally even a reasonable option for most people? I have a lot of floppies and old IDE disks from the 90s around here, but no means to access them, and some of the CDs and DVDs has gone bad as well.

Comment: Re:So when will Ubuntu / Mint awaken to new versio (Score 1) 134

by JoeCommodore (#48950125) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

Knowing Ubuntu it can take months... at least not till the next release. If you want the latest on some apps you just have to forgoe the standard distibution repository and either add in the program specicic PPA or install it manually. Its not really THAT hard, once you have done it a couple times its not much extra bother.

Medicine

Scientists Discover Compound In Baby Diapers Can Enlarge Brain Cells 75

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-the-better-to-see-you-with dept.
An anonymous reader writes with news of a breakthrough in brain imaging thanks to a compound found in diapers. "A team of researchers has discovered that a compound used in baby diapers to absorb the liquids can help enlarge the size of the brain cells for a better imaging. The scientists work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and were experimenting with new ways that could help them enlarge the brain cells for a better resolution photos. They discovered by accident that sodium polyacrylate, a compound in baby diapers can enlarge brain cells and can be used in their research. The scientists termed the new technique of enlarging the brain cells 'expansion microscopy.' This new technique will help the scientists increase the brain cells tissue samples and see it in a better image resolution."

+ - Man Saves Wife's Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Balzer, a former software engineer and Air Force technical instructor, found himself unsatisfied with a doctor's diagnosis of a small tumor behind his wife's left eye. Balzer had recently become proficient at creating 3D models, so he asked the doctor for the raw medical imaging data and took a look himself. In addition to correcting a later misdiagnosis, Balzer 3D printed models of his wife's cranium and helped neurosurgeons plan a procedure to remove the tumor, instead of waiting to see how it developed, like previous doctors had recommended. During the procedure, surgeons found the tumor was beginning to entangle her optic nerve, and even a six-month wait would have had dire consequences for her eyesight.

Medical researchers like Dr. Michael Patton believe this sort of prototyping will become "the new normal" in a very short time. "What you can now do through 3D printing is like what you’re able to do in the software world: Rapid iteration, fail fast, get something to market quickly. You can print the prototypes, and then you can print out model organs on which to test the products. You can potentially obviate the need for some animal studies, and you can do this proof of concept before extensive patient trials are conducted."

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Comment: Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (Score 1) 417

by JoeCommodore (#48811187) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

I think part of that is the rural areas have virtually nothing, so as they are just getting broadband they are getting a newer infrastructure as a starting point.

Then agin in rural areas where only cable and sattelite or just only satellite is feasable those guys get gouged pretty good.

+ - Google Launches its GoDaddy Killer

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Kieren McCarthy reports at The Register that Google has finally launched a domain-name shop, providing a clean and simple management interface that will put Google in direct competition with market leader GoDaddy. Google became an ICANN-accredited registrar back in 2005, and it first told of its Google Domains plans in June 2014. Domains will cost between $12 to $30 to register, and $12 a year to renew. Google's offering will include support for a number of standard features, like free private registration, free email forwarding to your Gmail inbox, free domain forwarding, support for up to 100 sub-domains, and support for the growing number of new domain endings (like .guru and .club) that are now emerging.

There had been speculation that Google would offer domains from its own registry (.google) for free. That, combined with free hosting, email, cloud storage, chat services and domain management, could see the company up-end the registrar market in a similar way to what it did with Gmail and the hosted email world. For its part, GoDaddy has been a target of ire for many in the tech community since GoDaddy officially voiced its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Bill in 2012. Although GoDaddy later recanted its position, thousands of domain owners switched registrars in protest."

+ - Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug or a Feature?->

Submitted by sarahnaomi
sarahnaomi (3948215) writes "SimCity players have discussed a variety of creative strategies for their virtual homelessness problem. They’ve suggested waiting for natural disasters like tornadoes to blow the vagrants away, bulldozing parks where they congregate, or creating such a woefully insufficient city infrastructure that the homeless would leave on their own.

You can read all of these proposed final solutions in Matteo Bittanti's How to Get Rid of Homelessness, "a 600-page epic split in two volumes documenting the so-called 'homeless scandal' that affected 2013's SimCity." Bittanti collected, selected, and transcribed thousands of these messages exchanged by players on publisher Electronic Arts' official forums, Reddit, and the largest online SimCity community Simtropolis, who experienced and then tried to "eradicate" the phenomenon of homelessness that "plagued" SimCity."

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Comment: Re:It's been going on for years (Score 1) 388

by JoeCommodore (#48807397) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

Same here, my teachers were a bit smarter, giving us challenges - (this was early 80s) Write a TicTac Toe game, do a demo, heres a schools' competition to write a water conversation program,etc. We wrote some programs for the schools as well my brother was doing some list programs like library overdue list, I did some simple CAD extensions, etc.

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